Closed captioning and subtitles help with making videos more accessible and allow people to understand videos even when their sound isn’t on. YouTube generates these captions automatically however Facebook requires them to be added to video content manually. This handy guide will help you get Closed captioning working on your videos – so let’s jump right in!
Closed captioning on Facebook requires an SRT file. (called Name.en_US.srt)
Note: You may also have to upload the same .str file renamed: Name.en_GB.srt (all language codes here)
So the easiest way to get an SRT file is to download it from YouTube from the uploaded video; following this handy video guide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbbLFhetsro
This can then be renamed and uploaded to Facebook by changing the name from: Name.srt >> Name.en_US.srt
To add close captioning to a facebook video follow this handy guide: http://tubularinsights.com/how-to-add-closed-captions-facebook-videos/
Alternatly you can make captions in notepad! I’m thinking about making a handy tool in Python that would make adding subtitles easier, but that’s for another day. 😊
The CAPTION.en_US.srt – file looks like this:
00:00:00,020 –> 00:00:06,629
oh hi guys how are you a little while
00:00:04,950 –> 00:00:09,450
ago I can’t what it might be quite fun
00:00:06,629 –> 00:00:12,750
to build a little Python program that
00:00:09,450 –> 00:00:14,910
would actually make song lyrics and I
00:00:12,750 –> 00:00:16,590
kind of thought well songs seem really
You can download this example file here
Unfortunately as of August 2018 Twitter isn’t keeping up with closed captioning so I hear they need to be added to the video itself when editing. Details of how to do this aren’t covered here.
There is also a 2:20 time limit for twitter videos.
Hope this is helpful, and feel free to share this around.